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Altogether

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drey it's nice to hear Turnover sound happier

like i'm not saying they aren't sad anymore

i think they will always be sad

but i feel like there's at least a sense of acceptance to that now? some normalization of sadness taking place in this music?

also!!!! much more upbeat!!!! and obvious influence of other genres!!!!

very good!!!! Favorite track: Still In Motion.
Diego García
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Diego García Twin Peaks vibes. 💜 Favorite track: Temporary Love.
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gregmk17 love the album! love how you guys are always progressing, just got the vinyl, and digi dl, keep up the great work fellas!
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romanaugust94 Turnover has done it again! Such a smooth sound, the only thing I was listening to while I vacationed in Florida when this album was released. Favorite track: Still In Motion.
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about

There is a closeness at the heart of Turnover’s aptly titled new album, ‘Altogether.’ Though it’s the first collection the trio has written while living on opposite coasts, the record actually represents the group’s most collaborative and connected work to date, showcasing the intuitive, near-telepathic relationship frontman Austin Getz has developed over the years with his bandmates.

“Instead of making things more difficult, being far apart helped us learn to appreciate each other even more,” says Getz. “As a band, we’re closer now than we’ve ever been before.”

Recorded at Philadelphia’s Studio 4 with longtime creative foil Will Yip at the helm, ‘Altogether’ finds the group breaking new ground on a number of fronts. Pop sensibilities inform the writing for the first time, with elements of funk, jazz, lounge, and disco mingling alongside the band’s trademark indie grit and punk energy. Lush melodies and infectious hooks reflect the newfound freedom and confidence that have inspired Getz since his cross-country move to northern California, while adventurous recording techniques and instrumentation lend a fresh perspective without sacrificing the kind of precise detail and rich intricacies that have come to define the band’s recent studio output. The result is an album that boasts both sonic sophistication and emotional accessibility in equal measure, a major leap forward in sound and vision that reveals time apart as the true key to togetherness.

The title is fitting in another way as well, according to Getz. “On this record, more than in the past, we wanted to keep in mind the beauty of writing ‘popular music,’” he explains. “By that I mean music for people who don’t have the time to delve into the niches and find fringe artists, music for those of us who are busy with work or our families or whatever problems might be around. Music is real magic that can change people’s days and lives, and the more people listening and loving, the better.”

Turnover first emerged roughly a decade ago in Virginia Beach, VA, but the group’s critical and commercial breakthrough didn’t arrive until six years later, when they cracked the Top 5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart with their acclaimed sophomore album, ‘Peripheral Vision.’ The band—which consists of Getz, his brother Casey on drums, and their childhood friend Danny Dempsey on bass—followed it up in 2017 with ‘Good Nature,’ a streaming smash that racked up roughly 40 million plays on Spotify alone and which Vice proclaimed to be “their best album yet.” Reviews were similarly glowing around the world (Pitchfork praised the record’s “rhythmic propulsion and harmonized guitar sparkles,” while Exclaim! hailed its “shimmering instrumentation and luscious harmonies,” and The Line of Best Fit swooned for its “plush production” and “subtle maturity”), and the album earned the band headline dates everywhere from Brooklyn Steel to The Fonda Theatre along with their first appearance at Coachella.

“With ‘Peripheral Vision,’ I was starting to experiment with psychedelics, and I was feeling alienated from a lot of the things I’d been raised to believe and accept,” Getz reflects. “That album asked a lot of questions, and I felt like ‘Good Nature’ was my attempt to find the answers to those questions. This time around, though, I found myself in a very different place, both literally and metaphorically.”

Starting over from scratch somewhere new, particularly somewhere as rural and isolated as Getz’s new home in northern California, proved more challenging than he had anticipated.

“The move was great in a lot of ways,” he explains, “but the experience also de-romanticized a lot of the notions I had about leaving everything behind and relocating to the woods. I realized I’d been undervaluing a lot of things that were actually really important to me, like having friends and family close by. I had to come to terms with being a stranger and learn how to trust new people and make new connections all over again.”

For the first time, Getz found himself looking inwards instead of outwards for inspiration, writing as an act of self-exploration rather than in response to any external stimuli.

“There was a deepening of my relationship with music that came out of the whole experience,” he explains. “Instead of waiting for some revelation to arrive, I would make myself sit down with a guitar or at the piano and just play until something interesting happened. Often what came out surprised me.”

Sometimes an entire song would reveal itself in ten minutes; other times, Getz would land on a guitar riff or a chord progression that he’d revise for months. The band spent time writing together in-person on tour and during time off in New York and Portland, with Yip flying out to join the band for the latter.

“Will’s much more than just a producer for us at this point,” says Getz. “He’s a close friend and a reliable piece of what our sound has become.”

That sound is the product of a remarkably wide range of influences and tastes, which Turnover synthesizes on the album into a whole far greater than the sum of its parts.

“Working remotely for the most part, everybody was able to send ideas around on their own schedules, and nobody felt too protective of anything, so the new songs started to reflect each of our personalities more than ever before,” says Getz. “Collectively we like everything from jazz to folk, disco to rock and roll, and a lot in between, and it’s where we all intersect that things start to feel special. With the three of us and Will all contributing to the writing together, the songs turned out better than anything any of us could have done on our own. That’s what makes the experience of being a band really unique as opposed to just one artistic mind.”

‘Altogether’ demonstrates the band’s eclectic mix of personalities from the very start, opening with a lo-fi, jazzy intro that quickly gives way to the driving drums and delay-drenched guitar of “Still In Motion.” Like much of the album to come, the song is a meditation on change and perspective, on learning to quiet your mind and appreciate the moment before it’s gone. The bittersweet “No Reply” reckons with guilt over failing to be present with a loved one, while the effervescent “Much After Feeling” recognizes the sacrifices we make to stay connected across geographical distance, and the breezy “Parties” grapples with the kind of self-consciousness that can leave us prisoners of our own design.

“There’s a part in that song where the tone completely changes,” says Getz, “and that represents the moment when your walls finally come down and you start to just appreciate where you are. The lyrics go from describing the nervousness you feel in a particular moment to just describing the moment itself because you’re finally out of your head and able to recognize the beauty that’s all around you.”

Getz taps into that beauty throughout the record, stopping to smell the roses and ground himself in ways that might have seemed impossible even just a few years ago. “Starting to feel at home in the country,” he sings on the hazy “Valley of the Moon,” while the sultry sax of “Ceramic Sky” hints at the simple and sensual pleasures of falling in love, and the playful “Plant Sugar” channels 80’s Britpop as it makes a case for mindfulness.

“I was stressed out when I first started writing that song, but then I looked up at the sky and saw the constellations and felt ridiculous for being worried about anything,” he laughs. “It reminded me that sometimes you just need a little change in perspective to appreciate how lucky you really are.”

Turns out, that’s all Turnover needed, too.

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released November 1, 2019

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Track Name: Still In Motion
had to go through it to get better
keep my blood moving to stay warm
sent an unsure message to heaven
don’t know what i was looking for
it’s always like that
too clear for me to see
fortune always comes disguised
dressed just like me

a dozen roses by the bed
aromatic soft and red
another petal on the floor
when they’re all gone desire more

while the days go by
every thing gets old
self expression dies
when it can’t grow

nothing on the walls
paradise filled dream
deep enough to hide
somewhere in between
diamonds in my hand
holding on so tight
turn it back into
sand before my eyes

i have the record memorized
it must have played a thousand times
a melody that’s familiar enough to hide
inside your head but not the kind to make you cry
Track Name: Much After Feeling
elsewhere for an occasion i forget
noticing it feels
so much like the last one
wonder if we’ll miss each other again
working in the city
takes all your attention
always need a little bit to adjust
now it’s coming down
even more than last time
hard to know if you’ll be wearing too much
after feeling how the
temperature is inside

i know that they’re asking you
if you really want to be there holding on
wait a minute
when there’s something going on
are you happy elsewhere

i want to stay out
i’m wide awake
everyone i know here came
i’m thinking about a different place
it’s somewhere nice but far away
i want to stay out
but when you’re gone
i miss the heat always being on
the moments here now
but not to stay
do i try to chase it

someone said it should be hard to forget
tried to but i can’t
remember the last one
know we’ll probably miss each other again
being in the city
takes up my attention

pretty soon you’ll have to go
only got a minute til you’re going on
Track Name: Parties
we went on time
i tried to look excited
paralyzed
nervous just to go

barely changed
my outfit from the last one
i could just
be the first to leave

because i’m
really not that good
at making conversation
even when
everyone who’s here with me
is celebrating

we went on time
to all those stupid parties
i should try
to feel the energy

it’s warm enough
for us to walk home
the time of night
where it can move slow
the dancing all stopped
the lines are all gone
my battery’s dead
your place isn’t far

you walk so fast
i know what you do
you’re showing off
my eyes are on you
your body moves just
the way that it should
i’m glad that we came
you make me feel good
Track Name: Number On The Gate
who are you
why do you want to come through now?
did you see an opportunity?
who are you
why do you want to be my friend
is there something i’ve got that you need?

push me all the way down
make me want to get far away
live up in a big house
number on the gate,
trouble lurking outside

only think of leaving
you can see my feet are stuck
ooh i came from fearing
and i left my feelings there

what brought you
have you been through the things i have?
did you lose your trust or feel betrayed?
i want to take your word for it just like that
second guessing everything you say
Track Name: Sending Me Right Back
stained glass
your eyes
windows through time
memories draped in painted light
like when we’re young and go
dive into fallen leaves
and laugh about
scrapes on our hands and knees
before we learned to hurt
or what the pain was worth

sending me right back to it
rejuvenator

i think i’ve done enough
but i keep working for it
the feeling building up
until i can’t ignore it
you ever wanted something for so long
then waste it all?

old flame gone down
young pride
self doubt
fantasies that you shape around
like when you heard a song
that took you somewhere new
the feeling there’s
nothing you wouldn’t do
to realize the dream
in love with how it seemed

rejuvenator for when
you forget how
you really used to enjoy to play
rejuvenator for when
your intentions
aren’t as sure as they were when you begun
Track Name: Ceramic Sky
keeping you close
morning for us
like when the days slow
swim deep in your love

gave me a lot to hold
waiting to feel the tingling of your lips
sedative in your touch
making sure that i won’t be able to forget
any of it

it’s only like this when
we spend the night
until it buys the day
handmade ceramic sky
over our heads
and sparkles that were on your face
left in your place
Track Name: Valley Of The Moon
quiet nights unweighted
by a constant hum
currents heavy from
the air that falls asleep
and hangs its dreams
from the moon
listen you’ll hear it whisper

i can see as much in the dark
underneath the blanket of stars
as i can in dazzling sun
i’m outside i’m in love
i didn’t notice that i was
starting to feel
home in the country
changing what i’m making real

early clouds
i can feel
on my fingertips
coming through the mist
the light is soft
and white
gentle on my
tired eyes
like a lover waking you up

early and quiet
sitting in the still of the morning
slow like the heat of the day
i remember to breathe in
and thank everything
Track Name: No Reply
i don’t like the mean
way i say things
when i’m feeling like
i am wasting time
i don’t mean to make
you feel lonely
when i’m feeling like
i have no reply

i have no reply
what does it feel like
when your words get lost
and the moments gone

our place always feels the best
when we have all the decorations hung
when we keep it warm
we cover less
and we can both feel the vibration

when you look at me and i’m spacing
like i’m dreaming life away in my mind
“why do you escape?” do you wonder? “is it me?” when i have no reply?
if you wanted to break down on me then break down on me.
if you feel it then you got to let me know
and i’ll try to keep the mirror clean
so that i can see
how i seem when i’m with you at home

your eyes
gazing at mine
glittered and open wide
i didn’t realize
i want to know
Track Name: Plant Sugar
tonight i stood outside in the rain
counted the drops
that ran down my face
they danced with the light so i could see
laid on my eyes
and dove to my feet

yesterday i was worried so sick
now i feel like i’m lucky instead
underneath the sequoia and pine
let them plant sugar into my head
if you ask how i’m feeling tonight
baby nothing could make me feel bad
with the moon almost full in the sky
for too long i been moving too fast

looked for minute trying to find
ursa major
drawn in the sky
felt my wet skin get kissed by the breeze
gently it passed
along through the leaves
Track Name: Temporary Love
it’s such a shame
the way we lift ourselves
and tear each other down
we’ve all been used
soaked in a false or temporary love
blemished and hung back out
it’s easy to
forget the most
important things
most of the ones you don’t
get something for
there’s nothing else
worth the time
it isn’t hard to help

is that expression you wear
something you take off
when you are alone
or is the smile genuine
it can be hard to tell
you’re making me believe it

we have to share this love to make it whole
can’t be the only one
i know that carrying
the weight along the way
is such a strain
your body’s almost done
the light is gone
you’re almost home
and overtime
moves differently than most
just moody cause
the weathers cold
still so tired
you had to sleep alone

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